How do I prepare for my tan?
The most important contributing factor to your airbrush tanning results is EXFOLIATION. You need to exfoliate your entire body (make sure not to miss the inner arms, above the armpits, between and below the breasts and your neck!) preferably 24 hours in advance of your session. Exfoliation ensures an even application, longer lasting result and perfect fade. Use a washcloth or exfoliating mitt (available at our studio) – no loofahs! Also do not use Dove soap as it may leave a film on your skin that can block the absorption of your tan.
Manicures, pedicures, waxing and shaving should all be done prior to your appointment. You may use lotion or moisturizers up to 4 hours in advance of your session, but please refrain from moisturizing within that four hour window for best results.
What should I wear and/or bring to my appointment?
Dark, loose fitting clothes are recommended as the cosmetic bronzer in the solution may transfer to clothing. We recommend sweat pants, loose fitting yoga pants or maxi skirts and flip flops. You will want to refrain from wearing socks or a bra after your session. If it’s raining the day of your session, long sleeves and long pants are an absolute must and bring an umbrella. Rain can wreak havoc on your new tan!
Will I be orange?
No. Safely Sunning uses only the highest quality solutions that produce a beautifully natural golden brown glow every time. Because we custom blend your solution to fit your skin tone and your lifestyle, you can rest assured that there will be no orange tone to your tan. We even guarantee it!
Is there only one color of solution?
Of course not! We use multiple brands and intensities of solution to ensure we are able to give you exactly the look you are trying to achieve. Whether you want a soft winter glow or a “just back from the beach” dark tan, we have you covered.
How many times do I need to tan to achieve the color I want?
Everyone’s skin type and tone are unique. You will definitely be tan just hours after your session, but you may wish to schedule a second session to achieve a deeper color and longer lasting result.
Do I have to take off all my clothes for the application?
This is a personal choice. You may undress to your comfort level – swimsuit, bikini, bra and panties, g-string, topless, nude – it’s your call. However male clients must wear some form of undergarment or swimwear.
How long does the appointment take?
We schedule our appointments every 30 minutes. This allows us time to consult and educate each client. The actual tanning process will only take about 10 minutes.
How long will my tan last?
This varies from person to person as each individual’s skin has its own exfoliation rate. The tan is only absorbed into the top layer of skin cells (epidermis) so we want to keep those skin cells on your body as long as possible. That’s why proper exfoliation prior to your session as well as proper post-tan care is a must. Activity levels and lifestyle contribute greatly to the length of time your tan will last, as well. The average person will have at least four to five days of strong color and fade from there. Some people will get as much as 12-14 days out of their tans.
How long do I need to wait to get wet or shower?
This depends on the solution you choose. With a regular solution we recommend waiting at least 12 hours to ensure full color development and longest wear. With an express tan you MUST shower in 2-5 hours (your airbrush specialist will tell you exactly how long to wait). The express tan allows you to shower sooner and go about your day without the worry of sweat or water drops ruining your tan.
How do I take care of my tan?
Your airbrush specialist will go over your post-tan care instructions in detail with you at your appointment.
Does my airbrush tan protect me from the sun?
Airbrush tanning solutions do not contain any sunscreen and will not protect you from the sun. We recommend using a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to protect yourself from sunburn and harmful UV rays.
Why do some spray tans look patchy as they fade?
Because your skin exfoliates at an uneven rate, spray tans may appear to be blotchy or patchy as they fade (think snake skin appearance). Moisturizing daily with a high-quality, oil-free moisturizer or tan extender will not only help your tan last longer but will also help diminish this effect. You may purchase our recommended products at our studio. Also, the more drastic the color change between your natural color and your airbrush tan, the more noticeable this patchy fade may be. We recommend only going a few shades darker than your natural coloring for best results and the most natural fading process.
Is spray tanning safe if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
Fact is no studies have been done on the safety of airbrush tanning for pregnant or breast feeding women. We recommend that all clients who fit into this category consult with their doctor before scheduling their session. We will happily provide protective measures for pregnant or nursing clients.
Can I get a spray tan if I have a sunburn or am peeling?
No. Because your skin will be peeling off it is highly recommended that you do not book an airbrush tanning session. Burns will cause your tan to fade very unevenly. Please wear sunscreen and book when your skin is done shedding itself.
My face and hands seem to fade faster than the rest of my body. Why is that?
Because we wash our hands multiple times per day, the skin on our hands will slough off significantly faster than it will on the rest of the body. Our faces also have skin that is thinner than the rest of the body which does not allow as much solution to be absorbed. Combine that with the acids in anti-aging creams and moisturizers (they are meant to promote exfoliation!) and it is natural for our faces to fade quicker. We have products to help combat this issue or you can simply apply a little bronzer to your face to match it up with your neck and body.